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DM 826 – Advanced Industrial Energy Management

The course covers the fundamentals of industrial energy management and the technical procedures required for assessing energy saving opportunities (ESOs) in equipment and systems found in almost every industrial facility. These procedures can be applied on existing equipment or systems. It can also be used for sizing and selecting new equipment.

Course Leader: Mohamed S. Hamed, McMaster Engineering

Course Objectives

Reflecting the growing concerns over global warming, greenhouse emissions, and depleted energy resources, this course will introduce methodologies and technical procedures that can be used to significantly improve energy efficiencies of various industrial processes/systems.  The main objectives of the course are:

  1. To acquaint course participants with the fundamentals of energy management and cost analysis necessary for assessing energy saving opportunities in a wide range of industrial processes.
  2. To equip course participants with know-how to select appropriate technical procedures for energy saving decision-making.

Course Topics

  1. Fundamentals of Energy Management
  2. Assessment of energy saving opportunities (ESOs) in various industrial systems

Activities and Schedule

Each day will consist of lectures, class discussions based on case studies, exercises, and assigned problems.  Each participant will be asked to select a project based on his/her own experience. The topic of the project must be related to either: improving energy efficiency or selecting the best operation conditions of an industrial process or equipment. On Day 1 of Module 2, each student will submit a one-page project proposal for approval.  The project technical report must include:

  • An executive summary (abstract) of the project.
  • Introduction, including: a literature review and problem statement.
  • Body, including: equations, analysis, schematic of equipment/system, and figures.
  • Summary and conclusions.
  • References.

The report should be word-processed, double spaced, maximum of 12 pages, including figures. Due date of the report will be announced at the end of Module 2.

Module 1

Day 1
  • Introduction to Energy Management
  • The Energy Audit Process
  • Group Discussion and Case Studies
  • Discussion of project proposals
Day 2
  • Economic Analysis
  • Lighting
  • Group Discussion and Case Studies
Day 3
  • HVAC Systems
  • Thermal Insulation
  • Group Discussion and Case Studies

Between Modules

  • Completion of assigned problems
  • Preparation of proposal for course project

Module 2

Day 1
  • Boilers
  • Group Discussion and Case Studies
Day 2
  • Steam and Condensate Systems
  • Group Discussion and Case Studies
Day 3
  • Waste-heat Recovery
  • Cogeneration – time permitting
  • Group Discussion and Case Studies
  • Course wrap-up

After Module Completion

  • Completion of assigned problems
  • Completion of individual projects

Course Evaluation

  • Assignments: 20%
  • Participation in class discussions and case studies: 20%
  • Course project: 60%

Recommended Reading

  • Energy Management Handbook, 8th Edition, S. Doty and W. C. Turner, Fairmont Press, 2013.

Biography of Course Leader

Mohamed S. Hamed, P.Eng

Dr. Mohamed S. Hamed is a Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, McMaster University. His teaching background includes undergraduate and graduate courses in the field of thermal sciences. His research focuses on thermal processing, experimental and computational fluid dynamics and heat transfer and optimization of energy use in industrial operations. Dr. Hamed is a member of ASM Int., TMS, CSME, CFD Society of Canada, ASHRAE, ASME, and a senior member of SME.